Collins Consulting Group was honoured to have Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, as guest speaker at our Insight Lunch. Joe was joined by six of Australia’s top MD’s and CEO’s from global and domestic Investment Banks and Fund Managers.

Questions and talking points included the regulation of executive pay, the superannuation industry under review and the GFC – is the crisis really over and what are the risks now.

The lunch provided an open forum to share ideas and challenges, and gave guests an opportunity to investigate these topics with someone of Joe’s calibre and political experience.

Joe Hockey is the Federal Member for North Sydney and the Shadow Treasurer. He was elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and following his re-election in 1998 was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, one of the youngest ministers in the history of the commonwealth. After the 2001 election, Joe was appointed Minister for Small Business and Tourism and in October 2004, Joe was appointed Minister for Human Services. In January 2007, Joe became Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service. Following the 2007 Federal Election, Joe was appointed Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing and Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives. In 2008, Joe was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance. In February 2009, he was appointed by Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull as Shadow Treasurer.

Guest comments:

“My thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable discussion over lunch. Well chosen guest of honour and a timely information conversation.” — MD Fixed Income, Global Investment Bank

“Many thanks for the invitation to attend the lunch with Joe Hockey. It really enforced how tough it must be in opposition, with no resources and the opinion polls in the wrong place. I would welcome him as a future Treasurer given his views on free markets.” — MD & Head Investment Banking, Global Investment Bank

For further information on our upcoming Insight Lunch events, please contact:

Sharon Mackie


Direct:  +61 29235 9806

Collins Consulting Group’s Insight Lunch was an opportunity for special guest David Gonski, to join other prominent executives from renowned Australian and global businesses to share their thoughts and ideas on the chosen topic of “scrutinising the revolution in the financial services industry”. Discussion points included:

The Johnson Report: Should Australia become a regional centre? Should the ASX alter its role through new licensing arrangements and trading platforms?

Executive remuneration: Is executive remuneration really the problem it is perceived to be? What effect might the Productivity Commission’s recommendations have on the executive labour market in Australia?

Institutional investors: What is the role of institutional investors in establishing corporate accountability? Have Australia’s institutional investors been too cautious in using their powers to hold companies accountable?

The role of Boards: How should organisations and boards ensure that directors really have the skills, capacity and will to ensure rigout in decision-making?

Corporate social responsibility: What does corporate social responsibility mean to you? Has this changed since the Global Financial Crisis?

Guests were able to investigate their ideas and challenges with someone of the calibre and experience that David brings.

David is now the Chairman of ANZ.  Prior to this he became the Chairman of Investec Bank (Australia) after Investec acquired his corporate advisory firm Wentworth Associates. David established Wentworth Associates after leaving his role as Partner of Freehills. In addition to being the Chairman for ASX Ltd, Coca-Cola Amatil, National EHealth Transition Authority, UNSW Foundation, Sydney Grammar School and the Sydney Theatre Company, David is also a Director of Westfield Group and Singapore Airlines, and a Chancellor of the UNSW. Previously David was a member of the Takeovers Panel, President of NSW Art Gallery, Director of ANZ Bank and Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Guest comment:

“Many thanks for an enjoyable lunch. Appreciated the views and advice from an impressive and interesting group of guests.” — CEO, Global Investment Bank

For further information on our upcoming Insight Lunch events, please contact:

Sharon Mackie


Direct:  +61 29235 9806